rise and shine

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, May 20, 2011 (Pete Souza)

10:50 AM ET: President Obama delivers remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference


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Morning everyone. Huge thanks to Tally for the post below. I’ll be back later today for PBO’s speech, until then chat away and have a perfect day 😉

130 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. March 4, 2012 at 7:09 am

    wow chips u r on the move this morning

  2. March 4, 2012 at 7:10 am

    btw someone really needs to tell Bibi to STHU. That just needed to be said.

  3. 8 africa
    March 4, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Morning all.

  4. March 4, 2012 at 7:16 am

    So nut n yahoo is in US now ? Just in time to gin up an iran war so as to interfere not only in iran but also in american politics ?

    • March 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Why do you think he Talks to Cantor all the time?

      • March 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

        And Newt and Adelson, etc.

      • 12 anniebella
        March 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

        Jovie, Isn’t Cantor Jewish, and Cantor and him probably agree on things. You know the saying terrible minds think alike.

        • 13 AJ
          March 4, 2012 at 10:18 am

          Way back in my grandparents’ generation, there was a Yiddish expression for Jews who embarrassed other Jews…they were referred to as “ein shanda fur die goyim”…which translates into “a scandal for the non-Jews” to gossip about, judge other Jews by, etc.

          These fellas fall into that category, pretty much. 😉

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      March 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

      This is what I have to say about Bibi. I have NO respect for someone who enters the home of another and then tries to turn said household members against the head. IMO it shows his lack of morals and class to bite the hands that support him militarily even while asking for more support. I honestly can’t think of anything ‘good’ BIbi can do that will shatter that image of gracelessness that he portrayed during that visit, but I hope he’ll listen more carefully to the President during their meeting this time around.

      • March 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        And, vc, here’s hoping that the cowardly and disrespectful congress will stop undermining the President by supporting the outrageously racist and condescending behavior of said ungrateful visitor. I expect American Jewish organizations to support the President and reject Bibi’s disrespectful posturing.

  5. March 4, 2012 at 7:18 am

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

    +############### ++++ +++++###########++

  6. 18 donna dem 4 obama
    March 4, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Good Sunday Morning Everyone!

    Programming reminder today about our First Lady:

  7. 21 Suzette
    March 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Good Morning all. Chips you are very early today. I just can not keep up with you.

  8. March 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I trust completely PBO’s ability to deal with Netanyahu and his war-mongering buddies in the US Congress. The president will not be forced into anything, least of all a war that he thinks is premature. If Netanyahu hasn’t learned it before, he will learn it now. This president cannot be pushed around. And in his own way, so that even that slime Cantor doesn’t see it coming ,PBO will squash that little bug from Virginia.

    • March 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Yes, this is President who sees bigger and better than probably any other leader in the world,
      and he is also selflessly dedicated to the good of all. And so I stand in support and full trust of his leadership,
      interested to see what he creates in dialog, leadership, actions. The next thing I want to say is
      “thank you, God.” xoxoxox morning, everybody.

    • March 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

      But if they attack, because of Israela History, regardless if it is right or wrong, dies Ameruca have to stick up for Israel?
      And if we don’t, dues thus President lose votes?
      Those are questions that the wh are weighing!

    • 28 vcprezofan2
      March 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

      ‘And in his own way, so that even that slime Cantor doesn’t see it coming ,PBO will squash that little bug from Virginia.’

      I apologize for my ‘heartlessness’ even as I confess that this image made me smile – a really big smile. Thanks, JG! I do agree that Cantor will soon get his, and as he’s been so smarmy I won’t feel ANY sympathy for him. Although, come to think of it, PBO always does his squashing in such a classy way after allowing loads of opportunities for correction, that there is no need to feel sorry for those too dense to take themselves out of the way.

  9. March 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I see Oh. Gov. Kasich has turned down fed help for tornado aftermath, as opposed to In. and Ky. who gratefully accepted President Obama’s offer of immediate assistance. I agree with the Dem County chairman there who said it appears that Kasich is playing politics at the expense of the interests of his residents. With winds clocked at close to 200mph in this latest series of tornadoes, towns were literally wiped off the map and much help is obviously needed.

    • 33 lisalovesobama
      March 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Seriously? Why cut off your nose to spite your face?

    • 34 utaustinliberal
      March 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

      People are suffering and he plays politics. He’s a monster.

      • 35 anniebella
        March 4, 2012 at 9:43 am

        These are the sorry ass Republicans people elected. Ohio had a good Governor, but no they had to elect that bastard Kasich. I hope people realize what a big mistake they made in electing him.

        • 36 anniebella
          March 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

          Okay I’m sure the economy was the best, but Gov. Strickland couldn’t have been as sorry as Kasich .

    • March 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Gov. Kasich is an ass and it’s up to every Democrat in the state to point out that he’s willing to sacrifice the well being of Ohio citizens for political purposes. If you’re in Ohio, tell everyone you know and even one’s you don’t. Write to your local paper. Pass out petitions. Don’t let the weasel get away with it.

    • March 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

      wow dotster and the comment section is just as interesting. people are really taking down any teabagger who ventures an opinion. why? because the teabag nation is just plain wrong. so the comments are proving to be just as interesting as the article.

    • 39 sabreen60
      March 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      He’ll cut more programs to help the poor to pay for cleanup and rebuilding.

  10. March 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I thought this is an interesting editorial about the sad state of the Dem. Party in Florida. It states that in every corner of the state thousands of Obama volunteers are at work on his re-election, but the Dem Party in the state is mostly ineffectual and nearly invisible, the state completely under Repub control. There is not even a strong opponent who has emerged to challenge Gov. Scott, the most unpopular gov. in the country. And with the changing demographics favoring Dems and the Repub Party shifting way rightward, there is really no excuse for this imbalance there. The state is ripe for the taking.

    • 41 utaustinliberal
      March 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Dems can sometimes be our own worst enemies. We sure do know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    • March 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Gov Scott ain’t up for re election until 2014!

      • 43 utaustinliberal
        March 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

        But the Democrats should still begin building a ground game now and looking for potential Dem candidates and having that person or those people get name recognition. The early bird catches the fattest worm.

    • 44 hopefruit2
      March 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Tampabay is newspaper that owns “Politifact.” And they have to pander to the GOP in reward for having the RNC in Tampa this year. So take their editorial on the “sad” state of the Dem party with the appropriate amount of salt. This is just an attempt to depress Dem voter turnout. They are clearly pissed that PBO has just an extensive ground game that none of their candidates have. Before they talk about the sad state of the FL Dem party, they might want to look at the extremely miserable state of their current four GOP presidential candidates.

      • 45 Dudette
        March 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

        Today’s lesson (reminder, really) brought to us by our dear hopefruite2: Consider the Source!

        Well done. 🙂

      • March 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

        I check that site regularly, and my experience has been that the output there has been very objective, in fact often very critical of the Repub pols in the state—-Scott especially, and did an unflattering expose’ on Rubio and have done many stories on the Repub financial shenanigans there etc.

    • March 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Please keep in mind that whenever OFA becomes highly active in a presidential campaign, the Democratic Party grows. A state Democratic party isn’t a static thing–it grows and changes as events occur. Even before OFA, in 2004, our local Democratic Party grew twice it’s size, activism, and effectiveness just because the Kerry campaign got people motivated. In 2008, the Obama campaign left standing committees for youth, unions and women that would continue to keep the party alive. Parties are built county by county, as people become involved and clamor for action. So, for this editorial to depict the Obama campaign as a side activity is nonsense. Where do they think the team members of the campaign come from? They are Floridians who are coming together to re-elect the president. If you’re in Florida and you’re not already a member of your local party, jump in and make a difference. When a lot of active counties clamor for change at the state level, it happens, because that’s where the state committee members come from. Change like this can happen in one year if people in Florida want it to happen. As for a challenger for Scott, don’t leave it to the state to decide. Members of the party can help choose someone by talking them up and inviting them to county events. It really is all in our hands.

    • 48 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

      dotster3, why don’t you contact the Florida Democratic Party and ask them about your concerns. See if you can get any answers to your questions and let us know what they have to say.

  11. 49 Linda
    March 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning.

    Well…well well…it looks like Queen Olympia Snowe has a ding in her crown. tsk tsk.

    Did lawsuit factor in Olympia Snowe’s departure?

    Last August, while Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, was in the midst of an intensive round of fundraising for her 2012 reelection bid, a four-year-old civil lawsuit alleging fraud by an education company in which she and her husband are heavily invested became public.

    Originally filed in April 2007 by a pair of whistleblowers, the lawsuit alleges that the company violated a federal law that prohibits schools from paying admissions officers based on the number of students they recruit and enroll. Those numbers can affect a school’s revenues because more students mean a school is potentially eligible for more federal aid dollars. The whistleblowers alleged, and provided documents indicating, that they were paid bounties for the number of students they enrolled.

    The Justice Department’s decision to intervene on Aug. 8 made the lawsuit, which had been under seal, public. In its complaint, Justice alleged that Education Management Corp. submitted “knowingly false, misrepresented, and/or improper certifications” to the Education Department, stating that it did not offer enrollment incentives to its admissions officers. Without those certifications, students enrolling at the the company’s schools, which include Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University, would not be eligible for federal financial aid. The complaint names Snowe’s husband, noting that in December 2006, while he was the company’s chief executive officer, McKernan personally signed certifications that Education Management Corp.’s schools complied with the ban on offering compensation to admissions officers based on the number of students they recruit.


  12. March 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

    TALLAHASSEE — Voter-registration groups asked a seemingly sympathetic judge Thursday to block a portion of the state’s controversial elections revisions passed by the Legislature last year.

    The hearing was the first on the merits of the elections law since lawmakers approved HB 1355 last year.

    The League of Women Voters, Rock the Vote and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund went to court late last year to ask the judge to throw out the parts of the law putting new requirements on third-party voter-registration organizations.

    Lawyers for the groups argued that the new rules — which include submitting the names of those who work for the organization, having volunteers sign forms agreeing not to break the law and turning in registrations within 48 hours instead of the early state deadline of 10 days — were so hard to comply with that the organizations were largely forced to shut down their registration drives.


  13. 53 Linda
    March 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

    A bill passed Monday in the US House of Representatives and Thursday in the Senate would make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by lengthy terms of incarceration—to participate in many forms of protest associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests of last year. Several commentators have dubbed it the “anti-Occupy” law, but its implications are far broader.

    The bill—H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”—was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, while only Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3). Not a single Democratic politician voted against the bill.


    The Democrats have some explaining to do…. President Obama will sign this ?

    • 54 hopefruit2
      March 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

      I don’t know whether PBO will sign this but I don’t blame the Democrats for not voting against the bill. The “Occupy” movement is a Ron Paul type Libertarian movement that seeks to cause anarchy and chaos and deter real progress. When people are hurling firebombs at the WH, blocking ordinary citizens from being able to get to and from their place of work, engaging in vandalism and all sorts of destruction while creating harzardous living conditions (spreading of infectious diseases by camping out in public spaces indefinitely), it’s not surprising that it’s only Republicans (including Ron Paul) who would LOVE this sort of thing.

      The “Occupy” movement has not really advanced any goals or solutions. Wall Street is still Wall Street. There is still money in politics. Lots of it. In fact, the primary contributor to the movement also donated the maximum amount to Mitt Romney’s campaign (and nothing to Obama’s). Many of the pro-Obama Democrats have long abandoned the Occupy movement which is now seen as a fringe, disorganized group of attention-seeking individuals.

      • 55 Linda
        March 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

        OWS just is reporting that this bill passed…..it would be illegal to single out just the OWS movement…this affects all of us.

      • 56 collegekay
        March 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

        It’s not just Occupy. You can read it http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr347enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr347enr.pdf

        It’s really short.

      • 57 57andFemale
        March 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

        The point of free speech is to not be able to pick and choose who gets to peaceably protest, regardless of what you think about their views. This kind of restriction is frankly outrageous and dangerous to American values.

        You may not like the OWS movement but the next time it may be someone you support. Personally, I findy our characterization painted with a rather broad brush. Some good came out of it and helped change the national conversation. But that is frankly beside the point. I will always to choose to err on the side of free speech,particularly when it’s the hardest to condone the message.

        • 58 desertflower
          March 4, 2012 at 9:44 am


          • 59 Dudette
            March 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

            THIS x 1000!

            The ACLU should be screaming to the rooftops and prepping a lawsuit!

            • 60 hopefruit2
              March 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

              Have you read the bill Dudette? The original post by Linda was based on an article from the Occupy movement itself. So I would expect that their interpretation would be slanted. The bill does not prohibit free speech or peaceful protests.

              Once I saw that Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted in favor while all the Dems voted against – that was an indication to me that this bill was not what it was reported on that site to be. Therefore I read the bill and saw that it was a perfectly reasonable bill which seeks to protect the President (mainly) and other SS-protected individuals while they are in or around specific federal buildings – and the bill clearly defines what “restricted Federal Buildings” are..

              • 61 Dudette
                March 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

                Good point. I should’ve read it first. I just did. Here: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20120227/BILLS-112hr347-SUS.pdf

                I see the building restrictions are very limited in scope and, I certainly don’t have a problem with preventing violence against elected officials, but I wonder exactly what would be considered disorderly or disruptive behavior under this law. Is wearing a t-shirt or holding a sign with a message that the President doesn’t agree with a violation under this law? That bit of ambiguity concerns me. If there’s a legal definition or the disorderly/disruptive behaviors that says my making that kind of expression isn’t infringed, I’m cool with it. Otherwise, I still think it should be challenged.

                I remember back when Bush was President, the images of people being thrown of buildings where he was speaking, just for wearing the wrong button or a t-shirt. Sorry, but that didn’t look like something that matches with my country’s values.

        • 62 hopefruit2
          March 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

          57, my interpretation of this bill seems to be very different from yours. There is no where in the bill that prohibits “peaceable” protest. Secondly, the bill is restricted to certain Federal buildings and grounds – specified in section “C” .

    • March 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

      OWS is still around? They need to occupy a brain as far as I’m concerned.

    • 66 collegekay
      March 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I don’t understand this bill AT ALL. I read it and it talks about how you can’t protest near government buildings or around anyone who has secret service. The language in the bill is so vague.

      • 67 utaustinliberal
        March 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

        Exactly. I don’t like OWS’s non-message but this isn’t just about them. This affects every citizen and every citizen’s constitutional right to protest and petition their government. Democrats should fight hard for this bill because it will backfire against their causes if it becomes law. Left to the GOP, they would restrict and suppress all citizens rights.

        • 68 Linda
          March 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

          Yet every Democrat voted Yes on this…..they also voted for the NDAA then our President had to attach a signing statement to it to nullify portions.

          • 69 hopefruit2
            March 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

            Democrats voted against this bill because unfortunately, OWS targeted more Democrats (including the WH) than Republicans. I can see why Democrats were concerned about their personal safety with a movement like this. There is nothing in the bill that prevents reasonable protests – the bill only covers entering specific types of Federal buildings or grounds for the purpose of causing disruption, using physical violence or attacks that result in injury, use of firearms, bombs, acts of vandalism. There is no where in the bill that prohibits about marching and chanting in the streets, or marching in other public spaces. There is no where in the bill that prohibits the use of signs in protest. This is a very restricted bill that is limited to Federal buildings that are associated with the President, WH, National events, etc., and in light of the recent incidents that have taken place near the WH I am in favor of this bill.

            // SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
            This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Federal Restricted Buildings
            and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011’’.
            Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to
            read as follows:
            ‘‘§ 1752. Restricted building or grounds
            ‘‘(a) Whoever—
            ‘‘(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building
            or grounds without lawful authority to do so;
            ‘‘(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the
            orderly conduct of Government business or official functions,
            engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such
            proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so
            that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly
            conduct of Government business or official functions;
            ‘‘(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt
            the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions,
            obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted
            building or grounds; or
            ‘‘(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence
            against any person or property in any restricted building or
            or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided
            in subsection (b).
            ‘‘(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is—
            ‘‘(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more
            than 10 years, or both, if—
            ‘‘(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense,
            uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm;
            ‘‘(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as
            defined by section 2118(e)(3); and
            ‘‘(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more
            than one year, or both, in any other case.
            ‘‘(c) In this section— H. R. 347—2
            ‘‘(1) the term ‘restricted buildings or grounds’ means any
            posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area—
            ‘‘(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice
            President’s official residence or its grounds;
            ‘‘(B) of a building or grounds where the President or
            other person protected by the Secret Service is or will
            be temporarily visiting; or
            ‘‘(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national
            significance; and
            ‘‘(2) the term ‘other person protected by the Secret Service’
            means any person whom the United States Secret Service is
            authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by
            Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined
            such protection.’’.

            • March 4, 2012 at 10:21 am


            • March 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

              I have no problem with this bill. And OWS shouldn’t care as it would cover very few of their activities. This has very limited impact due to places and events being as limited as they are. I think we all remember the situation in AZ a couple years ago where there were people with firearms right outside of where PBO was speaking. I think this might address that.

  14. March 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    GM! Just saying hello to my TOD family.

  15. March 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

    FYI – Shoq started a sheet in Google Docs to coordinate news, information and resources and track efforts that have sprung up to pressure Clear Channel Communications or advertisers to stop supporting Rush Limbaugh. Add to the list if you know of any that are missing.


  16. 77 collegekay
    March 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

    PBO up big in OH and VA – NBC / Marist Poll.

    In Ohio – where President Obama’s approval rating stands at 45 percent – he leads Paul by 10 points among registered voters (48 to 38 percent), Romney by 12 points (50 to 38 percent), Santorum by 14 (50 to 36 percent) and Gingrich by 15 (51 to 36 percent).

    In Virginia – where his approval rating is 51 percent – his leads are even bigger: 17 points over Romney (52 to 35 percent), 21 points over Paul (53 to 32 percent), 22 points over Santorum (54 to 32 percent) and 26 over Gingrich (57 to 31 percent).


  17. 79 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Morning TOD’ers 🙂 Thank you , Tally for your education of the masses this morning…great job! What I find pathetic, is that this simple, yet important lesson, is not common knowledge know by everyone above the age of 10. When supposed adults, that HAVE FREQUENT SEX,and claim to understand and preach to the rest of us about all things BODILY…..don’t know….well then, Houston, we have a problem!

    Is Rush, by chance, from Texas? Because Texas seems to be ignorant of a lot of things….so I think I’d like to share this Molly Irvins piece that I found over at Smartypants this morning. Trust me. THIS IS MUST SEE, TV! I miss Molly. I miss her everyday.

  18. March 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

    This might be the first and last ever PBO speech that I won’t see. I feel sick, I can’t stand this election year extortion he’s being forced to deal with, I hate all those assholes who put him in this corner and force him to go to AIPAC and suck to the Likud party. And I say it as a Jewish who lived many many years in Israel, and read the newspapers there, where they celebrate Bibbi’s “win” over PBO and how “playing hardball with Obama paid off”. I can’t handle this one, it upset me to tears, so I’ll just follow it in Twitter or something and just wait for this whole thing to be over.

    • 82 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

      What win did Bibi have over our President? Explain it to me okay.

      • March 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

        They say that he forced PBO to shift from talking about two states and peace negotiations, to focus on Iran and military operation. Bibbi and his GOP/media tools are working very hard to create the impression that PBO is losing the Jewish vote because of Iran. And like with most of their lies, somehow is becomes “fact”. I know that they can’t force PBO to do anything he doesn’t want, but they’re making his life hell and this is one issue that I just can’t handle.

        • March 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

          You are not alone. I despise Netanyahu. He’s rude and a flaming warmonger. PBO does not suffer fools but I’m sure this is extremely trying for him.

          I hope everyone has a chance to read this piece on PBO’s views on Israel, Iran, Syria and nuclear proliferation. His brilliance is on full display:


          • March 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

            That’s the October surprise!

          • 86 Ladyhawke
            March 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

            Thanks for that link meta. I look forward to reading the article. I am still fuming about the stunt that Netanyahu pulled in the Oval Office. It was disrespectful just like the crap that the Republican Party has been pulling for the last three years. Your comment reminded me of this article from The New York Times.

            Don’t Do It, Bibi
            By ROGER COHEN
            Published: January 16, 2012


            PARIS — A U.S. ambassador in Europe was recently asked by an Israeli ambassador what could be done to improve the lousy relations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama. He replied: “Every once in a while, say thank you.”

            The American ambassador added a couple of other thoughts. “Maybe, once in a while, ask the president if there’s anything you can do for him. And above all stay out of our election-year politics.”



            • March 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

              Thank you, Ladyhawke. I will never ever forget the way Netanyahu disrespected PBO in his own office. Disgusting and a serious breach of decency and protocol.

        • 88 anniebella
          March 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

          Well everyone is entitle to there opinions. If Israel doesn’t want to try to work on a peace deal with the Palestine then that’s up to them. And if they allow Bibi, Cantor, and the Republicans to get them in a mess with Iran don’t expect us to come running to their defense.

        • 89 Jewelz
          March 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

          I hear you BWD. I feel really sick about the game that Netanyahu is playing right now. He wants to go to war with Iran not because of fear of a Nuclear armed Iran, but because he hates PBO, and wants a Republican in the white house. I believe that his ego is so big that he believes his own bs, and still hasn’t gotten over the fact that PBO walked out on him in one of their earlier meetings in the WH.

      • 90 globalcitizenlinda
        March 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

        could it be possible that some of the papers in Israel are mis-reading President Obama and oumping up Bibi because in the short run they think Bibi is winning but in the long chess game POTUS has the upper hand which will only be revealed on fine analysis and in long-term considerations?

        • March 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

          I think it is highly likely you are correct, globalcitizenlinda. There is no way the President did not know that Netanyahu was going to react the way he did last year. He knows he can’t trust this man; that he is a liar and devious. Like the President said, he has to deal with Netanyahu every day. If Netanyahu wants to believe he’s winning because the President isn’t pressing about Palestine, then let him. It keeps him arrogant and willing to fall into a trap later. I’m sure there is a big long rope out there somewhere that Netanyahu doesn’t see coming with which to hang himself just like every other person who has underestimated our brilliant President.

    • 92 AJ
      March 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Cutting and pasting what I wrote in response #13, blackwaterdog…

      Way back in my grandparents’ generation, there was a Yiddish expression for Jews who embarrassed other Jews…they were referred to as “ein shanda fur die goyim”…which translates into “a scandal for the non-Jews” to gossip about, judge other Jews by, etc.

      Bibbi fits this description to a T. He embarrasses me totally, and I share your nausea at the situation.

    • 93 globalcitizenlinda
      March 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

      President Obama is probably being pushed by the war-mongers in the USA and Israel. However, if there is one thing that is increasingly clear to about President Obama is that he may say little about controversial issues but he is very stuborn once he has made up his mind about something – he will let you knock your selves out if he he sees you are determined to be unreasonable. In essence, he tunes you out and he goes about his business

      • 94 vcprezofan2
        March 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        X 2 I so agree with you GCL. To expand a bit on your thought from my perspective….

        In essence if you are determined to be unreasonable, this President gives you enough time for you to see the ridiculousness of your position. While doing so, however, you can be sure PBO is also investigating other routes to his preferred outcome, so that when you fail you won’t necessarily take everyone else with you. The problem as I see it, is that we haven’t all realized this yet, so we tend to ask PBO ‘What are you doing?’ ‘ Don’t you see this or that new threat?” In so doing (if he were to listen to us) we are actually distracting him. In fact IMO we distract him anyway because he always has to be mindful that we don’t trust his judgement 100%. I suspect that at times he tempers his responses to actions like those of Netanyahu because he knows the country often don’t see where he’s headed. I suppose our fears are understandable because we HAVE been raised on political fears, AND we have never had a leader with insight as clear as PBO’s. By PBO’s second term we may just be more relaxed and more trusting of his modus operandi.

        • March 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

          VC, this is exactly why I trust PBO on the Israeli issue and refuse to second guess what he will do. He is 100 times smarter than Netanyahu and he will outmaneuver him.

    • March 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      I’m right there with you, BWD! I absolutely hate this humiliating dance macabre with the Likudite, and excuse me for saying so, racist, condescending power-playing. I can’t bear to watch these speeches to AIPAC and I can’t bear how it makes him look. I remember my congressmen, Schumer, and Weiner, jumping all over the administration when they castigated Bibi for his contemptuous settlement -building upon Biden’s visit. As a Black woman raised as a Jew in a Black synagogue, I am well-aware of the contradictions of caucasian Jewish liberalism. I know hoping for the Jewish community to expose this ultra-right posturing will be meant with disappointment, but nevertheless I yearn for this movement to develop.

      I console myself knowing that the President knows exactly how the Likudites are trying to play him, and that he also has a genuine empathy with the sufferings of the Holocaust. But if Israel continues to play this rotten game, it will suffer, not at the hands of President Obama, but at the hands of those we cannot stop. No matter what the President does in this area he is liable to cause a disaffection of some community. I pray for his wisdom and strength. I have no doubt of his courage.

  19. March 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I don’t agree with anything Peggy Noonan says.
    How would you like to be her friend? Yikes!

  20. March 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Cantor just endorsed Robney!


  21. March 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    The US government says it will continue its case against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill despite a deal the company reached on Friday with the largest group of private claimants.

    The $7.8bn (£4.9bn) deal does not address “significant damages” to the environment after the Gulf of Mexico spill, the Department of Justice said.

    The company has not admitted liability and still faces other legal claims.

    The April 2010 explosion killed 11 workers and leaked 4m barrels of oil.

    “While we are pleased that BP may be stepping up to address harms to individual plaintiffs, this by no means fully addresses its responsibility for the harms it has caused,” the Department of Justice said.


    Eat that emoprogs.

    • March 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

      But, that money for the Federal Government could be tied up in Probate, until they have a Republican DOJ AG! Maybe 5 or even 9 years down the Road.
      BP hoping for a Republican victory, to get less fines.
      It is what it is!

  22. 105 utaustinliberal
    March 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    FLOTUS is on BET right now!!!

  23. 109 MeaBloom
    March 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

    OMG!!!! I’m at work and my mother just txted and told me FLOTUS is on Lift every voice. I am totally missing it. Please Please Please someone find a video. Please and Thank You.

  24. March 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Chuck Todd neglected to mention how well the President was doing in his own poll.

  25. 114 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    My First Lady is making me proud. VERY proud!!

  26. 119 collegekay
    March 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The FIrst Lady was great on LEV.

  27. March 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I thought Ron Paul was “Mr. Caucus”. He hasn’t won one yet has he? So his voters are way motivated, but they aren’t large in number to beat Romney at these caucuses?

    I know we are supposed to be underestimating Ron Paul’s voters, but where is the power they were supposed to weild? The few articles I actually read about Ron Paul’s voters is that the majority of them who are more Dem/Independent leaning would vote for Obama in the general if they actually went to the polls I guess.

    without these Paul voters, Obama is still coming ahead of the GOP candidates, so I guess its the GOP who should be more afraid of Paulites???
    I thought Ron Paul was “Mr. Caucus”. He hasn’t won one yet has he? So his voters are way motivated, but they aren’t large in number to beat Romney at these caucuses?

    I know we are supposed to be underestimating Ron Paul’s voters, but where is the power they were supposed to weild? The few articles I actually read about Ron Paul’s voters is that the majority of them who are more Dem/Independent leaning would vote for Obama in the general if they actually went to the polls I guess.

    without these Paul voters, Obama is still coming ahead of the GOP candidates, so I guess its the GOP who should be more afraid of Paulites???

    • 122 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

      lamh35, if most of Paul supporters are Dems/Independents, I hope they would look at the radical right wing craziness of the Republican party and decide to vote for President Obama. I hope.

    • 123 majii
      March 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Rachel Maddow had one of Ron Paul’s campaign advisors on a couple weeks ago. He said that the campaign isn’t focusing on winning the caucuses but on increasing the number of delegates they’ll have at the convention. It seems that they think this is the way for Ron Paul to become the GOP nominee.

      • March 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        I don’t think they are under any illusions that Paul will become the nominee. Ron Paul is trying to be a king maker here, or trying to use his delegates as leverage for either getting himself and his son into power in the government or having a say in what goes into the GOP platform. Or both.

  28. 127 vcprezofan2
    March 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Good Morning, Chips and TODville! 😆 Wishing everyone a Peaceful & Blessed Sunday, before I go to check the posts/comments I missed since giving in to sleep really early last night. Of course that only meant that I woke up 4 or 5 times. ;( Ah well! Enjoy your Sunday in whatever way floats your boat! 😆

  29. 128 globalcitizenlinda
    March 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    President Obama and his relationship to the leadership of Israel is an issue of big concern to some here. Today, we get to hear from POTUS about this as he speaks to AIPAC. Yes I am concerned about the war-omngering crowd and their increasing volume. However, I for one trust that President Obama will say and do what he thinks is in the best long term interests of the USA and world peace even if it causes political posturing in the short term.

    I will just pray for wisdom and peace to be increased on him at this time and in all his future dealings on the world stage

  30. 130 LDS
    March 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    The Lord Is with him. We just have to pray, have faith and believe that the wisdom that has kept him will continue to prevail even now.
    Sunny days, everyone has them. But can we stand the rain……
    Press On. Hold On. Fight On.

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